Expats Guide: Operational Expressways in the Philippines

If you’re planning to travel anywhere in the Philippines here is a list of operational expressways in the Northern and Southern part of the country. Be familiarized with the thorough fare, drive carefully, and arrive safe and secure in your point of destination.


North Luzon Expressway (NLEX)

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It was also known as North Diversion Road and Manila North Expressway, 8 lane expressway that connects Metro-Manila to the provincesof the Central and Northern Luzon regions. The expressway starts at the Balintawak Interchange in Quezon City and traverses the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga.It spans 84 kilometres and has 4 toll plazas and 15 exits.2 segments were added to the NLEX for the convenience of motorists as follows:

  • NLEX Mindanao Avenue Link, Segment 8.1, runs from Mindanao Avenue to the interchange in Valenzuela City. This was constructed to provide another entry/exit point to the expressway and to decongest the Balintawak Interchange.
  • NLEX Karuhatan Link, Segment 9, connects MacArthur Highway to the expressway.


Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX)

It is the country’s longest expressway that covers 93.77 kilometres and 4 lane expressway with 12 highway exits and 3 toll plazas. The construction of the SCTEX seeks to provide an efficient transport system in Subic Bay Freeport, the Clark Freeport Zone, Central Techno Park in Tarlac and to development in the immediate vicinities.


Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX)

It is an 88.85-kilometre expressway with a 4 lane expressway and 10 highway exits and 2 toll plazas. It connects Central to Northern Luzon, the southernmost terminal is found at Tarlac City, Tarlac, and the northernmost terminal is at Rosario, La Union.


South Luzon Expressway (SLEX)

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It was also known as South Superhighway (SSH), Manila South Diversion Road (MSDR) and Manila South Expressway (MSEX). It starts at Quirino Avenue in Manila City and passes through the Metro Manila cities of Makati, Pasay Parañaque, and Taguig and traverse the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, and Batangas. It spans 60 kilometres with 6 lanes and 23 exits.

Metro Manila Skyway

It is an elevated highway that stretches southern part of Metro Manila connecting the highly urbanized cities of Makati, Pasay, Taguig,Parañaque, and Muntinlupa relieving SLEX and other major roads from the heavy stream of traffic. It measures 31.2 kilometres and the first fully grade-separated highway in the Philippines and one of the longest flyovers in the world.


NAIA Expressway

It is an 11.6 kilometreelevated expressway and the first airport expressway in the country that links the Metro Manila Skyway, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and the Entertainment City.


Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX)

It is also called Coastal Road and is a 14 kilometre stretch that links Manila to Cavite with 4 lanes and 4 highway exits.


Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR Tollway)

It is also known as the CALABARZON Expressway and is a 4 lane expressway that spans 42 kilometres with 6 highway exits in the province of Batangas. It starts at the Pan-Philippine Highway intersection, known as Maharlika Highway, and the SLEX in Santo Tomas. It encompasses the towns of Malvar, Tanuan, Lipa, and Ibaan.


Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX)

It is also known as DaangHari-SLEX Link Expressway with a 4.2-kilometre stretch linking Muntinlupa to Cavite with a 4 lane expressway. The construction is expected to decongest traffic in Cavite, Las Piñas, and Muntinlupa areas.


Subic-Tipo Expressway (STipEx)

It is also called the NLEx Segment 7, it covers 8.8 kilometres in length with a 2 lane expressway and passes through Zambales and Bataan.


Sources and citations:

Revolvy: https://www.revolvy.com/quizzes/all

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